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The Pygmy God

-Numbers 11:23-

-“The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’S arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you”-

This Old Testament God is hilarious at times. The sayings! I love this one.

The story though is about being too short sighted to see the blessings around me.

The chapter also has fascinating insights on manna. Anyway, the Israelites asked for meat… And boy did they get it!

I am reminded to be grateful first for what I have, and to be responsible with it, before asking for more.

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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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On Jews and Gentiles, Slaves and Freedman

Who said this is the only Universe?
Kenyans and Circumcision, and Israelis and Immigration, and Liberals on Circumcision and Conservatives on Liberals:

-1 Corinthians 7:18-

-“Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised.”-

Fascinating.
I did not know that Freedman was a word.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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One was born hairy

  • -Genesis 25:25-

-The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. –

  1. I don’t know what to say.
  2. Sexuality is a hard thing.
  3. Only if sexuality is a thing to begin with.

Human Beings are not things.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Wicked! Or more than one wife

-Genesis 16:2-

-so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

I think of those women who cannot get pregnant.

I think of those men who believe that their heart is available to more than one woman.

I think of Telenovelas and The Old Testament.

I imagine the drama in the story-telling of The Old Testament in their times….A soap opera, an intrigue.

Also, what does God sound like? I mean Gods voice.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Then the land had rest from war

 

My Gardener is enthusiastic.

He kills all the weeds in my garden,
Sweating conviction,

In purple droplets,
Muscles wet,

In the midday sun, he
Slaughters them,

My perfect weeds I spent so long cultivating,
Black,

And whites ones,
Jewish and Muslim,

Mayhem.

Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba.
(Arba  was the greatest man among the Anakim.)
And the land had rest from war, 

But-

My gardener has turned into a terrorist,
And my weeds are no longer safe.

-Joshua 14:15-

Photo – Gay Israel on Pininterest

-short evocative poetry-


 
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Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Parade

 

‘…Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel.
“The LORD hasn’t chosen this one either,” Samuel said.
Then Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
“The LORD hasn’t chosen this one either.”
Even the prophet Samuel was fooled.

 

1 Samuel 16; 8-9

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Ghost

 “So we make it our goal to please [the Lord], whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”

-2 Corinthians 5:9-

What is MY purpose?
What is MY passion?

Are the two the same?

If I am passionate, do I also have purpose?

Perhaps the purpose for us all is to find love and share it?

Happy New Year – 2018

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Purity or Epapharus

‘…to Apphia our sister…’

A prisoner,

On the basis of love;

In chains for the gospel,
Not forced,

No longer a slave, better
To consider me a partner,

I own your very self.
And one thing more: Prepare

A guest room for me,
And my fellow prisoner – Aristarchus who

Implores I be what I am, and
Suddenly a man in shining clothes stands before me,

Providing imagination and the means to make that, theirs, and
I am no evangelist, but

The band of Brothers in love are feet in warm water, and

It’s the smallest book in the Bible, so
Settle the disputes.

Photo – Personal
Philemon 1-25

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Jesus & His Disciples 

I never really get over the fact that this is the fate they all suffered….. 

Killing Jesus
By: Patrick J. Kiger February 19, 2015

How Did the Apostles Die?

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Jesus’ death on the cross, as described in the New Testament, has become one of the most famous events. But what happened to the 12 disciples who were his closest followers? Not as much information has survived about their fates, but here is what’s available from various sources, including the New Testament itself, apocryphal texts, early Christian historians, legends and lore.

• Simon, AKA Peter: Simon-Peter, who was appointed by Jesus the leader of the new sect, is viewed by Roman Catholics as the first pope, was eventually martyred in Rome during the reign of the emperor Nero. As the story goes, Peter asked to be crucified upside down, so that his death would not be the equal of Jesus and the Romans supposedly obliged.
• Andrew: According to 15th Century religious historian Dorman Newman, Andrew—the brother of Peter—went to Patras in western Greece in 69 AD, where the Roman proconsul Aegeates debated religion with him. Aegeates tried to convince Andrew to forsake Christianity, so that he would not have to torture and execute him. But when that didn’t work, apparently he decided to give Andrew the full treatment. Andrew was scourged, and then tied rather than nailed to a cross, so that he would suffer for a longer time before dying. Andrew lived for two days, during which he preached to passersby.
• James (son of Zebedee, AKA James the Greater): Acts 12:1-19 says that James was killed with a sword. The newly-appointed governor of Judea, Herod Agrippa, decided to ingratiate himself with the Romans by persecuting leaders of the new sect. After James was arrested and led to place of execution, his unnamed accuser was moved by his courage. He not only repented and converted on the spot, but asked to be executed alongside James. The Roman executioners obliged, and both men were beheaded simultaneously.
• John: John was the only one of the original disciples not to die a violent death. Instead, he passed away peacefully in Patmos in his old age, sometime around 100 AD.
• Philip: Philip, the first of Jesus’ disciples, became a missionary in Asia. Eventually, he traveled to the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, where he was scourged, thrown into prison, and crucified in 54 AD.
• Bartholomew: Bartholomew supposedly preached in several countries, including India, where he translated the Gospel of Matthew for believers. In one account, “impatient idolaters” beat Bartholomew and then crucified him, while in another, he was skinned alive and then beheaded.
• Thomas: Apparently Thomas preached the gospel in Greece and India, where he angered local religious authorities, who martyred him by running him through with a spear.
• Matthew: According to legend, the former tax collector turned missionary was martyred in Ethiopia, where he was supposedly stabbed in the back by an swordsman sent by King Hertacus, after he criticized the king’s morals.
• James (son of Alphaeus, AKA James the Less): According to Foxe, James, who was elected by his fellow believers to head the churches of Jerusalem, was one of the longest-lived apostles, perhaps exceeded only by John. At the age of 94, he was beaten and stoned by persecutors, and then killed him by hitting him in the head with a club.
• Thaddaeus, AKA Lebbaeus, Judas or Jude: According to several stories, he was crucified at Edessa (the name of cities in both Turkey and Greece) in 72 AD.
• Simon the Canaanite AKA the Zealot: Simon preached in Mauritania on the west coast of Africa, and then went to England, where he was crucified in 74 AD.
• Judas Iscariot: According to Matthew 27:3-6, the treacherous apostle quickly felt remorse over his betrayal of Jesus and went to the Temple to recant. When the high priests ignored his plea, he threw down the 30 pieces of silver that he had been paid, and went off and hanged himself.  But Acts 1:15-20, gives a different and even grislier version of Judas’ demise. He says that Judas used the blood money to purchase a piece of land and then fell headlong from a high place there, so that “he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.” Jerusalem residents subsequently named the place Aceldama, which means “the field of blood.”

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Posted by on November 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Hope and Resurrection

Encouragement happens when we look for it,

And give it,
In turn, it

Happens when we are not looking for it, when
We do not need it, yet

We do, it
Is soft and delicate and yellow,

Mellow on the face of a lover,
The,

Face of the receiver.
“In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

-John 16:16-

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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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